ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS COUNCIL
September 14, 1996
Roedovre Centrum 155
DK 2620 Roedovre
Fax: 45 36 70 88 66
Dear Mr. Angelius,
Please accept my thanks for your recent visit and the time you spent in southern California. It was a pleasure for myself and the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) to host your group. As you were made aware by time you left our meetings, the transportation issues in southern California have several unique characteristics which are not readily addressed in any one particular mode or system. At the conclusion of your presentation, several of the attending transportation experts recognized RUF to be the best system yet to accomplish the challenges facing the greater Los Angeles area. Further, those individuals who attended your presentations and arrived at these conclusions were from both the public, and more importantly, the private sectors. It is our belief that the greatest opportunity we have for solving the pressing transportation issues is through private sector/commercially supported dual-mode project implementation. The RUF system provides a realistic opportunity for an incremental implementation throughout the Los Angeles basin, starting out with transportation of goods and mass passenger vehicles.
As you may recall, there were several proposed strategies for furthering the RUF concept among groups concerned about transportation in southern California. First, a proposal is in discussion now between a large engineering firm in attendence and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for a formal feasibility study of RUF to be performed in conjunction with the major long-range plans already established for the region. Secondly, the OCBC, together with its partners, are pursuing opportunities that the Alameda Corridor project may present as a test-bed for RUF as a cargo system. We believe this is a very good initial foray to prove the safety and reliability to officials, and perhaps more importantly, the general public. Lastly, Dr. Richard Williams, Dean of Engineering at California State University at Long Beach, was notified this week that his program: Center for the Deployment of Advance Transportation (CDATT), has been awarded a substantial grant to continue his efforts at the center of all this activity. You are aware of his longtime supportive relationship of CALMODE and the RUF concept.
Though nothing happens fast in this arena, we are enthusiastic about the recent activity on the tail of your last visit. We hope your proposed demonstration project can further the discussion of the RUF system and provide a valuable example of its capability to the American audience as well.
Timothy J. Cooley
Executive Vice-President, Orange County Business Council
President, Technology Innovation Council